More Treats Than Tricks On Halloween As Anti-Social Behaviour Falls On October 31
Merseyside Police last night recorded far fewer reports of
anti-social behaviour and vandalism on compared to the previous
By 9pm, the force had only been called to around 130 incidents
compared to more than 600 at the same stage of Tuesday evening.
The week between October 30 and November 5 is traditionally one
of the busiest of the year for Merseyside's emergency services but
last night incidents fell by 5 per cent compared to the previous
And the number of reports of anti-social behaviour and criminal
damage this Halloween fell by 15 percent compared to October 31 in
2011, from 252 incidents to 213 incidents.
Commander for the policing operation, Superintendent Rowley
Moore, said parents and young people had heeded advice about how to
enjoy the night safely and responsibly.
He said: "Tonight has been much quieter than last night, which
in itself was down on previous years, so that is positive news for
"Parents have clearly listened to our advice to make sure they
know what their children are doing for Halloween and the young
people themselves have taken advantage of all the things put on for
"We have seen far fewer instances of groups of young people out
of the street after dark getting involved in anti-social behaviour
and the high numbers of officers we have had on duty has meant
people have felt reassured and got a swift response when it was
"A great deal of planning and effort has gone into what is a
multi-agency operation running throughout Merseyside this week and
we will continue to work hard to prepare for the next busy period
around Bonfire Night."
There were 21 arrests made between 2pm and 11pm compared to 24
in last year's October 31 operation.